Sixers Waive James Anderson
This move opens up the door for second rounder K.J McDaniels, who the Sixers took with the 32nd pick in the NBA draft. 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie was complimentary of McDaniels game in a recent interview, citing specifically his defensive abilities.
"He's wildly athletic, and he's really long, with a defensive mind-set," Hinkie said. "He's sort of an unusual player, because he's a big-time shot-blocker from the wing position."
McDaniels was the ACC defensive player of the year, and the only NCAA player last season to lead his team in points (17.1), rebounds (7.1), 3-point field goals (42), steals (41), and blocked shots (100).
By cutting Anderson, a former first round pick, the Sixers save about $1 million. Anderson’s salary would have become fully guaranteed if he was on the roster on July 1st.
Anderson, a former first round pick of the Spurs, played in a career-high 80 games and Anderson averaged 10.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.